Urucum, also known as “Rocouyer” or “Roucou”, is rich in bixin, a molecule similar to beta-carotene. It contains 100 times more bixin than the carrot contains beta-carotene, and is also a source of selenium.
When the Portuguese arrived in the Amazonian jungle, they found Indigenous who were coated with a red powder in order to protect themselves from the sun and mosquitoes ! The red powder was actually the Urucum. The Portuguese named Indigenous as “Red Skins” after this meeting.
Very characteristic notes of saffron and mustard seeds. Can be used as a natural food colourant to obtain orange rust hues.